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Meet Commercial Mixer: Nick Bozzone

POP Sound’s Nick Bozzone has been interested in sound since he was a little kid. He grew up wanting to be a music mixer, but when he discovered the entire post production side of sound his world opened up and he knew he was “home.”

He took time out recently to answer some of our questions, which are designed to get behind a person’s job title. Enjoy.

NAME: Nick Bozzone

COMPANY: Santa Monica-based Pacific Ocean Post, POP,
(www.popsound.com, @POP_Sound)

CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT POP DOES?
We provide creative post production sound services including sound mixing, sound design and editing, ADR, Foley, and music composition for commercials, feature films, games, TV and online media. We also provide motion capture, recording and implementation for video games.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Commercial Mixer.

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
I work on a wide variety of post audio projects such as commercials, shorts and feature films and the like.  To use a typical commercial as example, I am provided with a Quicktime file of the picture, including music, sound effects and whatever other audio was recorded on the set. Then, we bring in a voiceover actor to announce the product.  I put all of these elements together and make them sound like they came from the same place.  The final product is either a stereo mix or a 5.1 mix depending on the client’s need.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
I think what would surprise people the most about what I do would be the non-traditional projects I have worked on.  One project that comes to mind was recording Cheech Marin as a character for a Las Vegas slot machine.

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Nick’s home away from home, Studio H.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
One of my favorite things about this job is the fact that I work on so many different projects.  I could be recording ADR for a feature film in the morning, and by noon, be mixing a music video.  Then, at the end of the day, I could be mixing a national brand commercial. The following day will most likely be completely different.  That’s what keeps this job fresh and interesting.  Another great thing about my job is the fact that I get to collaborate with some of the most creative people in the industry.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
I would have tried to find something I could do that involved sound of some kind…maybe a live mixer for concerts.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
I have been interested in sound since I was a little kid.  I originally wanted to grow up to be a music mixer, but this was only because I had no idea there was an entire post production side to sound.  After graduating college with a degree in Digital Communications (the closest thing I could find to working with sound) I found a school specifically designed for learning all aspects of audio production, Full Sail University.  It wasn’t until my last month there that I took a post audio production class, and a light bulb turned on for me, saying, “This is it!.”

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
Commercials for Toyota, Skylanders, Mattress Firm (15-20 spots every two weeks for radio and TV), Walmart, Burger King and Honda.

Some of my latest video game projects include Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield 4, and Bioshock Infinite.

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I also worked the 11-minute short/show by Adam Scott and Paul Rudd, which aired on Adult Swim called The Greatest Event in Television History.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
Automation, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, IMDB.com.


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